The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) serves students, faculty, staff and community partners as a hub for experiential learning, research opportunities, and positive change, in an effort to move the university's public affairs mission forward. The Center is committed and works to deepen the University’s commitment to engagement by:
- Establishing a system, University-wide, for providing students with articulated public engagement experiences that are tied to students’ academic goals and professional goals and ambitions
- Expanding opportunities and ways for the University to gain community input and feedback regarding issues of public engagement
- Strengthening the internal alignment and coordination of the University’s public engagement activities to foster and promote more collective community impact and capacity building
The vision of the CCE is to foster public engagement of all members of the Missouri State community. By promoting a campus culture that inspires community engagement, the Center for Community Engagement aspires to develop students who are active citizens of enhanced character, sensitive to the needs of community, competent and committed in their ability to contribute to a global society, and civil in their habits of thought, speech, and action. As a collective commitment, the CCE is committed to:
- Reflecting the values of Missouri State University through a standard of high quality work
- Empowering students, staff, and faculty and fostering their success
- Understanding our audience(s) and communicating appropriately
- Valuing reciprocal relationships (and collaborative work)
- Shining a light on our strengths and weaknesses, and seeking ways to always improve
- Having a positive presuppositions of others
In our work to support and enhance the Public Affairs Mission, we also value:
- Cultural Competence
- Ethical Leadership
- Community Engagement
- Social Change
- Active Citizenship
The CCE works with the MSU and Springfield communities to support collective community goals through intentional programming. Some programs include:
- Ongoing service experiences
- Bear Service Days and large scale service events in the Springfield community
- Bear Breaks Immersion Programs
- Peace Corps Prep Certificate
- Bonner Leader Program
- Connections to local community agencies
- Food access through the Bear Pantry
- Community Engagement Consultations for individuals, groups, and departments
We are committed to the ongoing success of both community-based programs in Springfield and MSU students, faculty, and staff through reciprocal partnerships.
Service is just one way you can get involved in the greater community and help contribute to social change. Through service, you are making a larger impact in the community than you can ever imagine. You are also able to connect and apply your academic knowledge to real-world, community-identified issues.
- Students getting involved with service are helping agencies accomplish their goals.
- Service promotes understanding of diversity including issues of ableism, racism, sexism, and many others.
- Students also gain crucial leadership skills including self-confidence, critical thinking skills, conflict resolution, and desires towards social change.